Prepping your Garden

Good quality soil is a crucial component to a successful vegetable garden.

Starting with existing soil?

Healthy soil is vital for your seedlings to grow successfully. Using a shovel, you will want to loosen and turn the soil until it is fluffy and uniform in appearance. Aerating the soil will allow oxygen into the mixture to benefit microbial and root health. Once the soil has been aerated, we recommend adding organic compost and either an organic fertilizer or organic potting mix designed for vegetable production as needed. You will want to evenly distribute the amendments on the surface of the soil and combine into the top 6 inches of the soil. We also recommend adding an irrigation system, ideally drip irrigation, to ensure the plants receive the water they need to thrive.

Starting a new garden?

Congrats on your new garden! If growing in a raised bed or planter, you will want to source an organic potting mix meant for vegetable production. You can find some great options at your local nursery center. We recommend growing your plants in a container with a minimum depth of 8 inches with an ideal depth of around 2 feet or deeper. Once you have built or sourced your growing container, add the soil and irrigation. We always recommend drip irrigation connected to a simple timer to ensure the plants receive the water they need to thrive. If you are planting in the ground, we recommend adding a mixture of organic potting soil and organic compost. This will ensure the native soil has the nutrients necessary for the plants to produce bountiful harvests.